Toll charging is simply pay-as-you-go fees for using certain roads. This fee is paid at the toll which is basically, a gateway of cash counters across the road that collect your money before you can proceed. The counters are divided between staff people collecting the cash, and a money bucket. Both need payment before the gate opens. Charges start from £1.00, but in some areas it can be more. In the UK there are 31 toll roads, and you will often find them on bridges and tunnels.
Our government is now planning to introduce more toll roads with motorists having to deal with the prospect of encountering more pay-as-you-go driving. The question is where will the new tolls be located and how will they affect you?
What I find remarkable is when opening the Queen Elizabeth bridge in 1991 located at the Dartford tolls in Essex, the government promised they would only charge a toll fee for 10 years to claw back the cost of the bridge. Yet, here we are 21 years later and not only is the toll fee still collecting money but, has recently also just increased from £1.50 to £2. Should someone remind them, they seem to have forgot?
Have your say, do you think this is right, especially with fuel tax rising, the Chancellor increasing car tax and the Treasury earning an extra £27 billion?
The major toll roads, tunnels and bridges in the UK at present are:
• The Dartford Crossing in London links Essex and Kent
• The Humber Bridge in Merseyside
• The Mersey Tunnels in Liverpool
• The Severn Bridge that connects Pont Hafren, Wales to Bristol, UK.
• The Tyne Tunnel near Newcastle Upon Tyne
• The M6 Birmingham North Relief Road
There many more toll roads, in total England has eighteen; Wales has six and Scotland has seven.
Toll roads are not just exempt to singular roads; they are also known as congestion areas such as the London City Centre and Durham.
A fee is charged to motorists to drive around in a designated area (normally the city centre) and this is paid via a mobile phone, landline phone or the internet. The fee can be paid up front, or you have several hours after using the road to pay the fee.
The government plans to build more toll roads
With talks of more toll roads and plate number recognition cameras, the chances are you won't escape the toll charges. At present, motorists who try to avoid paying the Dartford Crossing £2 toll fee will be fined £180.
It is hopeful that the government will use the extra toll money to make other toll roads and run plate number recognition cameras on each toll road.
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